How would you assign an oxidation number to HCl?
How would I assign individual oxidation numbers to the constituent atoms of hydrochloric acid? Attend.
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The oxidation number of hydrogen is
The sum of oxidation numbers in a compound is zero. So the oxidation number of the compound
In a compound, hydrogen has an oxidation number of
Since the sum of the oxidation numbers of hydrogen and chlorine must equal zero, the oxidation number of chlorine must be